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Get ready for hot weather: ways to save & stay cool

Posted by Scott Mise | 03.18.2014

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Are you ready to start saving with air conditioning season upon us? In preparing for the warmer weather, consider investing in some insulated, thermal-backed drapes for your windows. They’ll help keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.

Opening windows in the summer costs nothing, but it can save a lot of energy and money. Consider keeping your windows open in the evening and overnight to allow cooler air into your home, and don’t forget to turn off your air conditioner. Close the windows during the day to keep the cool air in and the warm air out.

Did you know that you use three to five percent more energy for each degree that your air conditioner is set below 75 degrees Fahrenheit? So, set your thermostat to 77 degrees Fahrenheit to provide the most comfort at the least cost.

Ceiling fans use less electricity than air conditioners. For example, a ceiling fan costs about five cents an hour to operate, which is much less than an air conditioner. In warmer weather make sure to switch the blades to push the air up to draw the heat away from your living space.

Does your home have a sliding glass door? Make sure to keep its track clean. A dirty track can ruin the door’s seal and create gaps where heat or cold air can escape.

Installing a programmable thermostat can automatically set the temperature warmer during the day while you’re at work.

These are just a few ways to save energy in the hot days ahead.

Call us at 512-837-2917512-837-2917 and we can recommend the most energy efficient solutions for your home comfort needs.